Running E4200 with Tomatousb (Shibby) only as a NAS

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by zamanex, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. zamanex

    zamanex Networkin' Nut Member

    I would like my E4200 which runs on shibby version of tomatousb to operate only as a NAS. No DHCP, no wireless, no LAN etc etc. I want all capacity of the device reserved for NAS services. How can I configure it? Which options do I choose in the Basic>Network page? Please help.
  2. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    How do you plan on using a NAS with "no LAN"?
  3. zamanex

    zamanex Networkin' Nut Member

    I am sorry, that meant no DCHP obviously.....
  4. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    1. It would be best to use a USB drive formatted to a filesystem that doesn't rely too much on the CPU, such as EXT2. If the USB drive must be NTFS, then use Linksys stock firmware.

    2. Having a second AP can add flexibility in the way you set up your network and control traffic, especially wireless. Are you sure you want it to act strictly as NAS? Would be most sensible to set it up as an AP and disable the wireless, then just enable it later if you change your mind.

    3. If inclined to proceed, I believe you can set up the E4200 as if it were a wireless AP, then just enable USB and disable the wireless. Would go something like this:
    Basic: WAN Type disabled. Router IP on same subnet as your gateway (e.g. if Gateway is, use 192.168.1.x outside the DHCP range of the gateway.) Subnet mask same as the Gateway. DNS pointed to the Gateway. Uncheck wireless for both antennae.
    Identification: Whatever Hostname will enable you to identify the router on the network
    Advanced > Routing: Mode change to Router
    USB and NAS: Enable Core USB support, USB 2.0 support, USB storage support, and whichever filesystem you will use. I think you will need scripts to automatically mount the drive in case of power failure or reboot (don't know for sure, I don't use router USB as NAS). Set up the File Sharing and Media Server settings to suit your needs.

    4. Connect LAN port on E4200 to LAN port on your Gateway router.

    It will be slower than a shared drive on a PC or NAS connected by ethernet cable.
  5. zamanex

    zamanex Networkin' Nut Member

    Thank you. I will try these...
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